Stop saying antifa.
Start saying anti-fascist.
Make them say out loud what they’re really afraid of.
@InvaderXan "I'm anti-fascist." - "What? You're against the current order of society and everything I believe in??" - "Hmmmm... if fascism is the order of society... I guess, yes, I'm against that."
@InvaderXan Agree. Yet, comparing that to my East-German days of youth, it seems the definition of what a "fascist" is has changed and at times is hard to grasp.
@z428 @InvaderXan i like to refer back to Eco's Ur-Fascism (https://www.nybooks.com/articles/1995/06/22/ur-fascism/) from time to time
it's not perfect, but it's a good basis
@z428 so i grew up in and then very quickly fled post-Tito Jugoslavija
after 30 or so years i can say… something…
If a country's identity is based around a person-cult, like Tito, that's a pretty good indicator…
but it's not enough
it needs a cult of war / death.
for (everlasting) war you need enemies within and without, and that's what Milošević — who quickly developed a person cult: by uniting the Serbian people all over Jugoslavija, and protecting them from the other Muslims & Catholics
@meena Well, I agree. That sort of aligns with how I perceived fascism so far, and that's why at times I feel a bit uneasy about how the term "fascist" is being used these days. At times, it feels like certain groups of people use "fascism" to label virtually everything they don't like. You're about cycles but there are hardliners in your neighorhood still supporting the car industry? Sure thing they must be fascist, because "antifa is about cycling too". This, at least to me, is extremely ...
@meena ... dangerous as it is both watering-down the term "fascism" in its actual meaning and makes it *much* more difficult to gain consensus for being "anti-fascist" (something that seems much easier for people to be if we're talking right the Tito kind of fascism but much more difficult if someone suddenly considers owning a car to be "fascist"). 😐
May I say that I'm quite tired to say anti-fascist as well? It's really an umbrella-word and we should call ourselves with our real names, socialists, anarchists and so on.
Sunbeam City is a anticapitalist, antifascist solarpunk instance that is run collectively.